McLaren as quick as Williams
Toward the end of the Russian GP Fernando ignored his team and decided to switch up his settings and go for broke on one lap ‘just for fun’ run. The result was a lap matching the front running group at the time, about 1.2 secs quicker a lap than his current pace and matching Williams.
Éric the believable looked very happy with that pace stating “without fuel saving we’d save another 50 seconds which we would’ve had at the end of the race. If you look, we are with Williams [without fuel-saving] so it’s the kind of progress we need to go [further]. But that the pace was good and the drivers were happy with the car balance.”
Perhaps he’s too easily pleased? Obviously fuel saving is rather a problem for Honda and clearly points to their continued issues with energy recovery. Still, McLaren probably don’t care as this is the first double points score for the team since Hungary last year and only their second since reuniting with Honda. How the mighty have fallen.
Alonso joined in with the positive vibes declaring:
‘I feel happy, we deserve the points, finally, after some unlucky situations. The pace was very good.
‘We had the fifth-fastest lap of the race so I think sixth position is what we deserve and I’m happy with the way everything is going. We seem more and more competitive every race, so let’s hope from Barcelona and Monaco to get some more points.’
Sixth in Russia ended his run of zero points for the last twelve races.